Male Nurses Have Higher Salaries Than Females

Male registered nurses are representing more of the general nursing population, and they also earn more money than their female counterparts, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The proportion of male RNs has tripled since 1970, from 2.7 percent to 9.6 percent in 2011. In total, there were 3.5 million employed nurses in 2011 — 3.2 million were women, and 330,000 were male.

When it comes to compensation, male nurses had salaries totaling $60,700 per year on average — almost 19 percent higher than female nurses, who made an average of $51,100 per year.

The gender pay gap has been omnipresent since salaries were first recorded in the United States, but the Census Bureau said the discrepancy between male and female nurses was not as big compared with other occupations. Women who worked as full-time nurses year-round earned 91 cents for every dollar a male nurse earned. In contrast, women earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn across all occupations.

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